Rainbow Cookies – Making Pride Weekend a Little Longer
For those of you out of the know, this weekend was Pride weekend, a time us non-heterosexuals celebrate our identity. For those of you in the know, Happy Pride! Across the nation cities hosted festivals, parades, parties and more. One state, New York, even decided to take the awesome legislative step and allow gay marriage–yay. I spent yesterday celebrating my own gayness–both the homosexual part of the definition and the carefree happiness part of the definition–at Houston’s Pride Festival. It was festive and entertaining to say the least. By my side the whole day was my great friend, and ally to the lgbtq world–and contributor here–Alicia Sandoval.
She was snapping away shots on my 7D and I was using my 35mm. Since my film is still being developed, I will borrow some of the shots she took to share with you. If you haven’t been to a pride festival I definitely suggest checking it out. The motto live, love, free is often adopted and I can assure you it is a sentiment shared by most people attending. Of course, if you haven’t been to pride there is one thing you need to be prepared for. Here are a couple almost, somewhat NSFW picture to explain.
Yep, the whole clothes-optional think is taken to heart with some of the boys. Of course it isn’t all naked boys running around.
There are also loads of people kissing, especially lesbians.
Frivolity aside, there are a lot of supporters… and cute umbrellas.
My favorite may have been getting to see our Mayor, Annise Parker–the first openly lesbian mayor of a major city–during the parade.
I even ran into one of the check-out/bagger boys at my local grocery store. He attacked me with glitter. Yes, you can expect that to happen at Pride.
This is all leading to me explaining how I spent most of my today resting on my couch thanks to yesterday. That is until I came across a post for some gorgeous-looking rainbow cookies at Ken’s Hungry Rabbit blog. I quickly thought, I can do this! In fact I planned to make three shapes, rainbows, flag and spiral circles. Yeah… That didn’t happen. The recipe may be straight forward but the rest can get kinda tricky, especially if you’re not in the most patient of moods.
The dough making part is easy, but then dividing the dough into six portions and dying each gets a little time consuming–but look how pretty! By this point I began to lose interest in making a few different shapes. I got around to making the flag rectangles. How did they turn out? Sure as heck no where near as pretty and perfect as Ken’s. They were tasty though.
I also didn’t use his recipe as I have a goto recipe for basic vanilla-butter cookies.The recipe has five ingredients and takes about two minutes to make. Although this timesaving recipe goes out the window once you get past the mixing part. Should you try it? Yeah, if you’ve got some time and patience.
This recipe is adopted from Bo Friberg. The recipe should yield about 5 dozen cookies.
Ingredients 6 ounces sugar (3/4 cup) 14 ounces unsalted butter at room temp. (3 1/2 sticks) 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pound bread flour (3 cups) Red, yellow, green, blue & purple food dye 1 egg for an egg wash Instructions 1. Place the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix at low speed until just combined. 2. Add the flour and mix until the dough is smooth. 3. Divide the dough into six equal portions. The total weight is about 2 pounds 5 ounces. Each of the six portions should be just a bit over 6 ounces. 4. Dye each of the individual portions with the different colors to make a red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple dough. Prepare to use a good amount of die to get a bright color. During baking the dough will darken just slightly. If you don't have purple food dye, red and blue should work together just fine. 5. Flatten each color between parchment paper and refrigerate about an hour until the dough is firm enough to work with. 6. Working one one color at a time starting with purple, keeping the other colors in the fridge, roll out the hard dough into a a long strip about two inches wide and 1/8 inch thick. 7. Brush the egg wash over the top of the purple layer. 8. Pull out the next layer from the fridge steps 6 and 7 but with each different color. The layers should be layered purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Be sure to add egg wash between between each layer. 9. Once the block is assembled refrigerate it for another 30 minutes to let it harden again. Preheat the oven to 375F. 10. Once hardened cut the edges off to make a clean rectangular prism. 11. Slice 1/4 inch segments from the long rectangular log to make each cookie. 12. Lay each cookie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 13. Bake each sheet for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookies are slightly firm to the touch.
Pride photos by Alicia Sandoval.
Food photos by Russell.